I got the "low end" 15" MBP in late april 2010 and have been a very happy camper. I got it with the hires AG screen which I find amazing. When the 2011 was released, I was blown away by the specs, SB is really incredible, you get double the performance in certain tasks and the battery life is actually longer. Wow! Truly impressive. I was tempted by the "low end" and would have probably pulled the trigger had it not been the "crippled" GPU they put in it! Don't get me wrong, I am a casual gamer, I play very occasionally but if I am going to pay north of 2k for a laptop, I do expect the GPU to be in line with the rest, after all in 2010 the GPU was identical across the line, it was the dedicated memory that was different which is something I can live with. But now??? So why not go for the high end? Well put it this way, if I am going to go for it I would want it with the hires AG screen and why not throw in an SSD for an additional $100? That brings the price tag to somewhere in the stratospheric 2.7k region. I'm sorry to say that although I agree that configured this way it is a beast of a machine, you are also paying a lot of money for that power! So I guess I will stick to my current setup at least until Apple decides to become a little less greedy. My next purchase will be an SSD, i'm just waiting for prices to become a bit more reasonable.